The birth of a child is meant to be a joyous occasion, but for Theresa Elliott it was a life-threatening experience. During her pregnancy with her second daughter, Penelope, in July 2013, Theresa developed a rare and severe condition called placenta percreta, or invasive placenta, which occurs when the placenta attaches and grows through the uterus, sometimes extending to nearby organs, such as the bladder. This condition occurs in approximately one in 2,500 births.
Signs of the condition preceded Penelope’s birth, which put doctors on high alert and prompted them to create an action plan for her delivery.
“We made sure all specialists were on call and that there was blood in the bank every day just in case, so if something did happen we had a head start,” said Jonathan H. Reinstine, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist with Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, a Part of Norton Women’s Care.
While on bed rest at Norton Suburban Hospital, Theresa awoke with intense pain, dizziness and nausea. She was bleeding internally and rushed into the operating room for an emergency cesarean section. Ultimately, more than 30 clinicians worked together to save baby Penelope and Theresa, who received 59 units of blood and countless other blood products. Theresa spent nearly a week in the critical care unit, while Penelope spent about seven weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“If I knew how it would come out in the end, I’d do it all again.”–Theresa Elliott
Introducing Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital
In our continued effort to provide remarkable patient care in a family-centered environment, Norton Suburban Hospital is undergoing a multimillion dollar redesign to meet the unique needs of women and children. Construction is taking approximately two years and an estimated investment of $89.7 million. The new hospital will feature:
The facility will continue to offer emergency, inpatient and outpatient care to men.